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Consequences of leaking valve covers

I took my valve covers off on my 2007 Tacoma V6, while digging deeper to look into a possible head gasket issue, and noticed that one of them had a nut missing that went on an upright flange threaded ...
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Cylinder Leak-down vs Compression Test

I understand that both cylinder leak down and compression tests are used to test for cylinder head, cracks, warps, and gasket leaks. I understand the difference between how each works: compression ...
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How much fuel does it take to start an engine?

I appreciate this is a question that can't be answered in facts and figures, so I'm after a general idea. I drive a 1986 Supra, which has a modest 2.8-litre engine. I often shut the engine off while ...
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Installing an RPM meter

I need to install one in my car, as it doesn't have one, what modifications do I have to do? Edit: My car is: Suzuki swift 1996 But I would like the answer to be generic, as to what to look for if ...
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Motorcycle heats up within minutes of driving in the traffic

Ice cold engine of my KTM Duke 200 heats up and shoots the highest temperature and the gauge reaches the extreme within like 15-30 minutes of driving it in traffic. And the engine stops and doesn't ...
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High-pitched squealing coming from engine

I've been told that a wet serpentine belt causes this. Is that true? If not, what else could it be? How can I fix this? This is a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer (4.2L 6-cyl. engine). I hear the noise ...
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What is Opel/Vauxhall's TwinPort Technology?

Some Opel Engines come with something called TwinPort Technology. I guess that this increases power, as the original Z12XE (1.2) engine has 55kW, and the TwinPort (Z12XEP) version engine has 59kW of ...
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What is Variable Valve Timing technology?

Recently when I visited a car showroom the salesman pitched the car by saying it has VVT technology which is superior compared to other cars. I researched and found out that it alters the valve ...
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Is it OK to mix oil of different viscosity?

I have a Mazda RX-8 (with a Wankel rotary engine). Mazda advises North American owners to use 5W-20 oil. The engine was just replaced 200 miles ago by the dealer so it currently has 5W-20 in it. ...
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What are some problems faced when driving vehicles during heavy rain?

Please could somebody explain the problems we could face while we are driving during heavy rain or along flooded roads? What are examples of designs that mitigate the issues of driving in heavy rain? ...
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Do you need charged battery for car to Idle

I am planning to acquire a 2001 Mitsubishi lancer 1.5 the car runs perfect but the it has an almost flat battery, even the horn doesn't work unless driven around.(No starting Problem though weirdly) ...
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What exactly is Honda's i-VTEC technology

I see that almost all of Honda's cars have an "i-VTEC" logo at the back. I googled it and came to know that it has something to do with different cam profiles. Can someone explain? A diagram or ...
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Why do we need to cool air after it leaves a turbocharger?

When we are using a turbocharger to compress the incoming air, the air gets hotter. Usually this hot air is cooled by using intercooler before it is passed to the engine. But what is the reason ...
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Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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2003 Ford Escape

I have a 2003 ford Escape, and I am having to put 2-quarts of oil after every time after I fill my car up on the second fill up. I change my oil every 3000 miles, it doesn't leak oil, or smoke, why is ...
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Duke 390 Tyre rotation problem

I have observed that my ktm duke 390's back wheel is difficult to rotate even while its in neutral. If i'm riding the bike, if i put it in neutral, the bike slows down pretty quick than it used to be. ...
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Importance of engine compression ratio

Please explain the importance of Engine Compression Ratio. In Text books I could find the following importances Engine Cold starting Characteristics Torque Generated Fuel Consumption Noise ...
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My battery was too low, and now my check engine light is on

I've noticed it in the last year (2013) that my 2008 Jetta with the original OEM battery would be taking a little longer to start than before, sometimes (but very rarely) not starting in the amount of ...
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Why is Diesel Engine called as Quality Controlled and Petrol called as Quantity Control

Why is Diesel Engine called as Quality Controlled and Petrol called as Quantity Control. As far as I understand, In Diesel Engine the right amount of Diesel for the right amount of Compressed air ...
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How does cylinder leakage tester kit work?

I was browsing Amazon in search for a combustion leak detector (AKA "block tester") and I stumbled upon a cylinder leakage tester kit, which is supposed to do similar things? But I am not quite sure ...
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2007 Suzuki Forenza motor

I took my 2007 Suzuki Forenza in for regular maintenance to replace timing belt, nothing was wrong with it. I was just following suggested time to change. They changed it and the water pump, but put ...
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What is the difference between a 180° V4 and a true boxer motor?

Reading this thread which talks about V4 motors, I am wondering what exactly is the difference between a 180° V4 motor you'd find in a Subaru and a true boxer (or horizontally opposed) flat 4 ...
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What can I do to give my lawn mower more power?

I have a 21" Craftsman push lawn mower with a Briggs and Stratton 7 hp engine that is about 6 years old. I've got it cutting on the highest setting, and it still has issues cutting the grass without ...
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Mitsubishi Galant over heating with battery light and brake light on

I have a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4 cylinder engine. I parked my car after leaving the laundry mart and I got in to pick up my children and it would crank but won't start. So we changed the spark ...
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Are there varying degrees of engine misfire?

My fault codes indicate engine misfires on 2 (of 6) cylinders but I don't hear or feel any problems at all in the engine or exhaust. When I've observed engine misfires before, it was pretty obvious. ...
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Can you help me identify this pipe connected to the engine?

I'm confused about the pipe highlighted in blue in the picture below, can you tell me what's its role ? is it used for air ? or to pass the fuel from the injector ? I may sound talking nonsense since ...
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Manual engine has no power in third fourth and fifth gear when driving up an incline.

When my engine is in neutral it reaches red line with no problem. It also has power in first and second gear. The problem happens when i am driving up a long incline, I will be in third or fourth ...
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Which Reluctor Wheel on LS Engines?

Around 2005 or 2006, GM started using a 58-tooth reluctor wheel, where before they used a 24-tooth wheel in the LSx based engines (LS1, LS2, LS3, etc.). This wheel is used as a way for the computer to ...
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Last year my timing chain had broken

I have a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire A tooth broke on a sprocket and my timing chain broke. I was told I have a bent valve and would need a new cylinder head. It's has been sitting for exactly a year. ...
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Why bikes with gears are preferred when there is gearless(or automatic gear) technology?

I know that lower gears have higher acceleration & low top speeds and higher gears have low acceleration & higher top speeds. But I would like to know why this gear system was designed first ...
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replacing distributor— spline doesn't align

I'm working on my 63 impala (283 motor) and the previous owner had put a beat up Delco HEI distributor on the car, but it's so large that you can't really time it correctly-- the cap hits the firewall ...
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Remove rounded manifold bolt

I'm trying to take off the manifold bolts on an old Chevy 350 (the ones that connect the manifold to the header). I got 4 out of the 6 bolts out, but 2 are extremely struck and rounded due to all the ...
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What modifications need to be made to an engine to enable higher safe RPMs?

I first had this question while playing a racing game - it was a touring race with BMW 320i's, and I noticed that I could rev up to 8,500 RPM before shifting gears. Now my car (an older 320i), ...
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Loose wires in 1993 5.0 V8 F150 Engine

I have acquired this very used truck. It seemed to be able to run (albeit by burning transmission and coolant, but that's a different thread) but I wanted to ask if anyone could ID these wires? I ...
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How do I reduce engine idling rpm without stalling it?

Considering idling losses are present in every engine, reducing the idling rpm might be providing significant savings. But, as I noticed on my bike, the chances of engine stalling increases with ...
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BMW e46 problems after Lysol in air intake

I was spraying Lysol into the cabin air intake (not the engine intake) right under windshield wipers while running the fans, and after doing this for several minutes (fans on the whole time, Lysol ...
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High Idle and Engine Noise in Chrysler 300c Hemi

I recently bought a 300, it had 170000 miles on it. When I test drove it nothing felt wrong what so ever. Week later it started turning off by itself in the middle of the freeway or alleys. Got it ...
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Will a 95 4AFE engine work on Euro 4 gasoline?

I am hearing news in our country that they might upgrade our fuel from EURO 2 gasoline to EURO 4. I am worried that it might damage the engine on my 95 corolla, which I still plan on keeping for at ...
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Pontiac g6 runs lean; throwing codes

My 2006 g6 v6 3.5 is showing codes p0171, p0174, p0705 and u0073 171 and 174 show that the engine is running lean. Is this a serious issue? 0705 shows the trans range sensor a circuit 0073 says the ...
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Honda XR650l first ride after winterization

Before winter I had the oil changed, filled the gas tank and added the recommended amount of Sta-bil fuel stabilizer. Then rode around for about ten minutes then switched the petcock to off and ran ...
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Ditch water in radiator

I lost a coolant hose going down the road and all my antifreeze was gone. I found a puddle along the road and filled my radiator back up after I fixed the hose. Will this cause electrolysis in my ...
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No power situation - 1990 Mercury Couger

The engine won't turn over and there is no radio or power windows. What is the connection with these three things all at once? I replaced the coil and starter. Checked fuses, relays, etc. It ...
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Should we wait a few seconds before starting the engine?

My OCDed cousin's told me when he enter his car, he put the key to ignition then count to 3 and start the engine. The main raison of him doing that is to give enought time to fluids (I'm not sure ...
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Diagnose lag in acceleration

Honda Accord 2003 V6 - I've recently noticed that there's a slight lag from when I depress the gas pedal to feeling the car accelerate. What could be the cause? I the mornings when I start the car I ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana 600 shuts off after running for 10–20 seconds [closed]

My 2003 Suzuki Katana GSX600F shuts off after ten to twenty seconds after start. It doesn't spit and sputter, it just shuts down. I have loosened the bowl screws while it's running and confirmed that ...
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New breaker points not working

I'm trying to replace the breaker point on my 1980 Oldsmobile, trying to fix some spurious misfires and engine stalls. The car was converted to gasoline in the early nineties or late eighties, engine ...
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What happens to a car engine when giving max throttle while not in gear

I was driving (well standing still actually) during rush hour, and I was suddenly wondering what would happen to a car engine when I would push the accelerator pedal all the way down while the engine ...
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ISUZU CUBIC mixing oil in coolant

ISUZU CUBIC - CITIBUS ENGINE - 6hh1, 8300cc, 6 Cylinder, No Turbo I have this Isuzu with the above description. It is mixing oil and water coolant. I did not find water in the crankcase but found oil ...
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Old Air Compressor Rebuild (and general piston engines) - Oil On Cylinder Walls?

So I have recently acquired (for free) a circa 1973 Speedaire 20 gallon compressor with no history. After a short while of use the check valve failed and when I removed it I noticed it and the air ...
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Problems in building higher displacement 2 stroke engines

I understand(from preliminary research) that when engine gets bigger(higher displacement) it is practically not possible to have a two stroke engine. What are the implications in building a higher cc ...